What Jesus Did! 'Crucify Him!' — Mark 15:12-13

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Pilate asked the people again, "So what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?" The people shouted, "Kill him on a cross!"
— Mark 15:12-13 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:12-13 NLT — Pilate asked the people again, "So what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?" The people shouted, "Kill him on a cross!"

Key Thought

The sickening answer to Pilate's question reverberates through time—"Crucify him!" How horrible this is! Yet as much as evil people are responsible for Jesus' death, this is also God's plan. However, we should feel the emotional and spiritual agony of the Savior as people he had made now call for his death. When we feel rejected, we have to know that we can talk to Jesus and know that he hears us and cares. He has been there... all alone... abandoned, betrayed, and denied by his closest friends... hated by the religious leaders... rejected by the people he came to save.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I sometimes feel isolated and alone, rejected and betrayed by those I trusted. However, dear God, knowing that your Son faced this and now is at your right hand to plead my case to you, I know that I am not alone and that I am never rejected at your throne of mercy and grace. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 2:14-16
  • 1 John 2:1-2
  • Hebrews 7:24-25

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.